June 15, 2021

athletes

Nottingham Trent University Dissertation Suggests Standardized HSPU Hand Width Double Penalizes Taller Athletes

Credit: CrossFit LLC

No other movement standard in CrossFit has been tinkered with as much as the handstand push-up — arguably the most controversial movement in the sport — especially during the CrossFit Open. 

  •  Remember five-time CrossFit Games athlete Jacob Heppner, who famously took to Instagram challenging the Open standard in 2018, and proceeded to do full fist handstand push-ups just to get his heels over the tape line on the wall?
  • This is why Dr. Athalie Redwood-Mills a long time member at CrossFit Deviant in Derby, UK, didn’t hesitate when an exercise science student of hers at Nottingham Trent
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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona backs transgender athletes’ rights

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona told ESPN that transgender girls have a “right to compete” and suggested that the Biden administration will step in to protect those students’ civil rights, as multiple states enact legislation banning transgender athletes from competing in girls’ and women’s sports.

On June 1, the first day of Pride Month, Florida became the eighth state to ban transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s competitions. In a wide-ranging interview on issues related to sex discrimination and athletes, the new leader of America’s school systems addressed the bans and said it was “nonnegotiable that we’re going to

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Will College Athletes Make Money? Here’s Where the Debate Stands.

Although many college sports executives have pressed for action by July 1, it appears increasingly unlikely that officials in Washington will reach an agreement in the next few weeks.

Yes, and the association and its president, Mark Emmert, have refused to rule out that possibility.

The N.C.A.A. successfully batted down a state challenge to its authority in the early 1990s. That case, though, involved a single state law, and experts have cautioned that fighting the assorted statutes now would mean a multifront battle with potentially uneven results.

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N.J. athletes keep losing college scholarships. The unexpected reason is COVID.

After his junior football season at Barringer High School in Newark, Corey Walker saw the pieces of his future coming together. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound linebacker had netted seven NCAA Division 1 scholarship offers from schools like Rutgers, West Virginia and Syracuse. He even was tabbed as a coveted three-star recruit by a major national recruiting service.

Back then in early 2020, Walker envisioned himself soon playing in a packed stadium on fall Saturday afternoons, at the highest level of college football. But now, about 18 months later, Walker couldn’t be much farther from those dreams.

All of those Division 1

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An anonymous donor is paying the college tuition of Black athletes who get straight As

The donor, a community member who didn’t want his identity revealed, was inspired to make change after realizing the lack of diversity in Centennial High School’s athlete scholarship.

He reached out to the school’s athletic department with a concern about their program, which required student athletes to have a cumulative grade point average above 90.

“When we tweeted out a photo of these scholar athletes after one of our banquets, it was like 16 kids from the football team, and all but one was White,” Centennial High School athletics director Jeff Burch told CNN. “Our football team does not look … Read More

Compensation of college athletes is inevitable and will likely expose some universities’ questionable accounting practices (opinion)

As usual, March Madness took center stage for many universities in recent weeks. Yet this March, we in higher ed had an additional reason to focus on the National Collegiate Athletic Association. On March 31, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in NCAA v. Alston to decide whether college athletes may receive some forms of compensation for their efforts — an increasingly vital issue of fairness and equality.

Throughout the argument, the justices expressed support for some kind of compensation for student athletes. Their repeated references to the billions of dollars in revenue, the sky-high coaching salaries and the

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